When I was small, I spent my whole time at school, my dad spent his whole time at work.

You know how it is . Life went by.

As I grew up, I knew there had got to be another way.

It made absolutely no sense to me.

Here we are, incredible, creative beings on a miraculous planet, spending our lives been told what, when and how to learn, followed by years of employment being told what to do, just for the priviledge of having somewhere to live and enough to eat.

Surely, we are designed to be here, exactly right for the planet that provides all our needs, not meant to struggle and strive just to survive.

That is not why we are here!

I refused to swop my valuable time, my life, for a job that was meaningless to me, with an idea that at some point in the future, I would have earned enough to do what I wanted.

Life is NOW.

So, when I was 18, I built a shelter in the woods.  I found ways to live so that I was the boss of my time. I lived in a caravan, as a caretaker, in a boat, in a barn. I learnt how to grow food, to eat wild food and made patchwork leather clothes to sell at markets.

I studied Shiatsu and Permaculture and I travelled to rural Senegal and India. I decided that if I ever had children, I would bring them up in a rural community. it looked so wholesome to my young eyes.

At 28, I longed to travel within and lived in Canada at Yashodhara Ashram for a year, studying yoga intensly.

Then I married my best friend, had children and all the rules seemed to change.

I found myself living in a rented house for the first time, paying a lot of rent and large bills, which meant my husband had to work full time.

I suddenly saw how the pattern of my childhood was about to be repeated for my young family and I could not bear it!

School was looming in the near future. What was the point of having children if we couldn’t spend our time together? I thought.

My Heart knew I had to find another way.

So, I built a yurt and visualised my dream outcome for my young family.

We left England with minimal possessions, a caravan, a yurt, and 2 children. 1 and 4 years old.

Clean air, clean water, the freedom to be themselves and follow their natural rythmns, a place to plant trees and watch them grow was what we wanted.

We followed our intuition and this and much more the universe brought us.

For the last 12 years we’ve lived in a yurt in a field in France, doing exactly that. (See 12 years in a tent).

Outside is a peach tree our daughter grew from a stone and 3 apple trees our son grew from pips.

But even after every single box on my wish list had been ticked, I discovered I still carried a discontent inside.

I knew that the happiness I craved was never going to be satisfied by changing external circumstances.

I had already tried and succeeded at all that.

Nature and yoga have taught me to relax into the everchanging flow of life.

There is a way to trust your Heart, the True Nature of You and the Wisdom that flows through. It guides you to the most flourishing version of your life, and there is a way to step into awe and wonder right now and revel in this moment.

This is what I have to offer you:

Relax away from the frenetic forces of society pushing you to fit in.

Enjoy your own natural authority and your own innate power.

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A Message from Maryjane
My shelter in the Woods
maryjane's shelter in the woods
Teaching Permaculture in India
maryjane teaching permaculture in India
Me and the Littlies
maryjane and children
maryjane and children
In the yurt with peppers
Maryjane Claydon in the yurt
In the Woods
Maryjane Claydon in the woods
Maryjane Claydon in the woods
Creating a World where everyone wins